Thursday, October 15, 2009

From stem cells to functioning strip of heart muscle

"This moves us closer to heart stem cell therapy."

A team of Harvard Stem Cell Institute scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and collaborators at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences has taken a giant step toward the possibility of using human stem cells to repair damaged hearts. The researchers led by Kenneth Chien, M.D., PhD, director of the MGH Cardiovascular Research Center, report using a mouse version of a human cardiac master stem cell to create a functioning strip of mouse heart muscle.



Sue McGreevey, 617 724-2764,

Harvard Stem Cell Institute, B. D. Colen, 617 495-6821,

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